The Siuslaw Model Forest is a property dedicated to education, research and demonstration of sustainable forestry and agroforestry techniques.
"Siuslaw" is a Native American word meaning “land of the far away river". The property was given the designation of Siuslaw by Eric Rasmussen, who named it in tribute to the Siuslaw National Forest in Oregon, where he worked as a forester in the 1950's. Eric managed Suislaw for fifty years, and in 2006, his family donated the property to Cornell Cooperative Extension.
In 2007, Siuslaw was designated a NYC Department of Environmental Protection Model Forest. Siuslaw is managed in partnership with the Watershed Agricultural Council and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Siuslaw is one of four NYC Model Forests that demonstrate the importance of wise land stewardship in the protection of drinking water.
The Siuslaw Model Forest features a number of demonstrations of agroforestry techniques, timber harvests, habitat enhancements and stream protection measures.
Researchers from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Cornell University, the Nature Conservancy and Hudsonia have conducted research at the Siuslaw Model Forest. If you are a researcher with an interest in conducting work at the Siuslaw Model Forest, contact the Agroforestry Resource Center staff member listed below.
The Siuslaw Model Forest is open to visitors Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm and on weekends in conjunction with educational programs offered at the Agroforestry Resource Center. Suislaw features ponds, streams fields, forests and beautiful views of the Catskill escarpment. There are several trails to explore. Please check in at the Agroforestry Resource Center or the trail sign in box when you arrive. Download our trail guide.
Last updated October 16, 2020